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“from The Sky Forever” [to say your land vanished]

to say your land vanished               into thinness                              scrap under your feet

when the name                                 feels the same in the mouth   who is the most hysterical person

to say I was never meant to            the origin moment                    do you remember laughing

be about poetry’s originating         in childhood trauma                  when the first American boot 

hit the ground in a cloud                of dust maybe before that         you’re killing me   











Copyright © 2018 Kimberly Alidio. This poem originally appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review. Used with permission of the author.



Kimberly Alidio

Kimberly Alidio’s most recent books are why letter ellipses (selva oscura, 2020) and : once teeth bones coral : (Belladonna*, 2020), a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. A poet, essayist, and educator, she lives on unceded Munsee-Mohican territories, also known as upper Hudson Valley, New York.

Date Published: 2019-01-28

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